Millie Bobby Brown nearly quit acting after Game of Thrones knockback
Millie Bobby Brown has discussed how she nearly ended up quitting her acting career after being rejected for a role in Game Of Thrones.
The 16-year-old English actor, recently made her producing debut while playing the title role in Netflix movie Enola Holmes, a film in which she portrays Sherlock’s younger sister. However, before she got her role as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, Brown had gone forward for a role in the HBO series and the rejection she received knocked her confidence completely. “I think I was just very disheartened by the rejection, which is something I tell everyone,” Brown said during an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last week.
“Like, this industry is just full of rejection, 24/7. You get far more nos—a lot of nos—before you get a yes. I was auditioning for commercials, for anything, really. I then auditioned for Game of Thrones and I got a ‘no’ for that. Then that’s kind of when I was like, ‘Oh, this is really difficult,’ because I guess I really wanted that role.”
Brown then managed to accept that rejection was just part and parcel of acting. A few months later she then went forward for a Netflix show called Montauk, saying that the try-out was her last go at kickstarting her acting career. “Two months later, they just got back to us and was like ‘We’d love to Skype with you,’’ she then said.
“I Skyped with them and, you know, the rest is history, of course. We then named the show Stranger Things, but Montauk was definitely the one that gave me that kind of hope of doing it all again,” Brown fondly recollected.
Brown was recently asked by Netflix Latinoámerica which historical figure she would like to bring to life next, Brown nodded to the late, great musician. “I wouldn’t say she’s historical but I would love to play Amy Winehouse,” she said.
“I personally think she is like an icon to R&B and blues and basically the whole culture of music. I just love her music and I really was impacted by her whole story – so I would love to play her,” Brown continued.